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How to find fulfilling work, according to science - The Week

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Here are the steps to finding a fulfilling career:

1. Money isn't meaningful
2. Status isn't meaningful — but respect is
3. Making a difference makes a big difference
4. Use your talents
5. Pursue your passion
6. Find flow
7. We all want freedom
8. Stop looking for your soulmate
9. Use a "personal job advertisement"
10. Ready, fire, aim

Dostoyevsky once said:

The thought once occurred to me that if one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, one at which the most fearsome murderer would tremble, shrinking from it in advance, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.

And guess what? Research by Duke professor Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, agrees:

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